(May 12, 2014) -- The UTSA Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion presented the annual Ujima graduation ceremony in the H-E-B University Center Ballroom on April 29. Ujima honors the graduation of black/African-American students. Ujima (pronounced oo-JEE-mah) is named after the third principle of Kwanzaa and stands for unity, knowledge and responsibility.
This year, Ujima gathered the largest group of graduates since the inception of the program. More than 100 graduating students attended. This year's graduates were presented with stoles and certificates to commemorate their accomplishments.
The ceremony opened with a welcome by Destiny Jones, Black Student Union president, and a rendition of the "Black National Anthem" by student Grace Williamson. The keynote speaker for the evening was Sonja Lanehart, Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities in the UTSA Department of English.
Two students received leadership awards in honor of their commitment to leadership and responsibility. This year's recipients were students Jantel Fontenot and Jamille Henderson. Pesha Mabrie, UTSA housing and residence life complex coordinator, received an award in recognition of her leadership and mentorship for UTSA students.
In attendance were Sam Gonzales, vice president for student affairs; Lawrence Williams, vice provost for University College; and members of the UTSA Black Faculty and Staff Association.
For more information about this annual event, visit the UTSA Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion website.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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